Sometimes things occur in life where a break is needed by a Resource Parent, or something arises where the foster child is not able to attend with the Resource Parent. Short-term care, alternative care, and respite care are options approved by our agency. The resource parent needs to inform the agency social worker of any changes in care at least a week in advance when possible. A Resource Parent can arrange for care/supervision of a foster child unless prohibited by the child’s agency social worker, county social worker, probation officer, court order, or Children’s Hope Foster Family Agency (CHFFA).
For more information around Care and Supervision, please see the attached document:
A few things to keep in mind when finding short-term care, alternative care, or respite care: choose an individual or family who can provide for your foster child in your stay. Make sure that the individual or family can keep any appointments scheduled for your foster child. When packing for your foster child, be sure to provide enough clean clothes for the duration of his/her stay, including extra socks and underwear. Have the child pick out a special toy or stuffed animal to help relieve stress with the change in routine.
Consider making an information packet for your alternative care provider. Inside the packet, including a list of the necessary information: